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An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot can be made into a range of styles from everyday-drinking to world-renowned and age-worthy. Merlot is the dominant variety in the best wines from Bordeaux’s Right Bank regions of St. Emilion and Pomerol where it is blended with Cabernet Franc. On the Left Bank in the Medoc, it plays a supporting role to Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. Merlot also frequently shines on its own, particularly from California’s Napa Valley.

Tasting Notes for Merlot

Merlot is a dry, red wine known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry and raspberry. From cool climates, Merlot wines will express earthy and herbal notes, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Food Pairings for Merlot

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity are a hit with pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secrets for Merlot

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot with Cabernet Franc.

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  • Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Clarendon Hills Brookman Merlot 2006
    Merlot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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  • Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Paloma Spring Mountain Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Lamaione 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Hogue Genesis Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Beringer Napa Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Sonoma County, California
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  • Novelty Hill Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Chile
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Selene Frediani Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Selene Frediani Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2006  Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Robert Foley Vineyards Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Napa Valley, California
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